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Top 10 Mobility Lab Stories of 2013

We go in a lot of directions at Mobility Lab. But – in a world with a booming population, ever-dirtier air from traffic pollution, and idealists who simply want to spend their time any other way but in traffic jams – we always bring it back to the concept of “moving people – not cars.” Within that… Read more »

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Real Estate Near Metro Stations Appears to Be Worth a Premium

My office is about three blocks away from the Rosslyn Metro in Arlington, Virginia. I walk uphill each morning. On most days, it is enough to work up a sweat. One day recently, it was enough to get me covered in fresh-falling snow. Would my job satisfaction increase if my office were closer to Metro?… Read more »

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“Riders Love Arlington Transit, Want More of It”

As Arlington residents, employees, and visitors have grown accustomed to transit in the county, they have come to embrace it, and, having enjoyed it, they want more of it. At least, that’s one takeaway from a recent survey of nearly 3,000 Arlington Transit (ART) riders. According to the survey, ART riders are happy with the… Read more »

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ART Bus in Arlington Has Loyal, Diverse Ridership

Bus ridership is getting the respect it deserves. Or at least that is the case in Arlington County, Virginia according to a new report released today by Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS). The report, titled Arlington Transit Ridership Study, contains the results of a survey of Arlington Transit (ART) riders that was administered by LDA… Read more »

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Walkability, Parking, and TDM Influence Whether You Drive

This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington.  Arlington has tried to reduce traffic by clustering development around transit and using transportation demand management (TDM) programs to raise awareness of alternatives to driving. According to a new study of residential buildings, it’s working. We found that regardless of age or whether a building is… Read more »

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Financial Returns for Arlington Transportation Yielding Healthy Sums

If an additional 1 percent of Arlington adults started getting the CDC-recommended levels of physical activity by walking or biking for their daily commute, the annual cost savings would be $7.5 million in the first year due to reduced mortality and $12 million per year due to reductions in lost productivity, workers’ compensation claims, and… Read more »

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Will Housing Costs Price Service Workers Out of Arlington?

Is service quality at risk in Arlington, Virginia – including those related to health, education, and public safety – because of housing affordability? A recent survey (PDF) offers up some food for thought. Last spring, nearly 700 employees of Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington voluntarily answered a computer-driven survey – about 40 percent of respondents … Read more »

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As Arlington Gets Denser, Planners Study How To Right-Size Parking Lots

This article was originally published by Martin Di Caro of WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington D.C. In transit-rich Arlington, parking spots in residential high-rises remain empty, even at times of “maximum capacity,” according to a new study by Arlington County Commuter Services’ Mobility Lab researchers, who will distribute their data to engineers who produce a nationwide manual… Read more »

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Arlington’s Local Transportation Data Helps Others Nationwide

Arlington County, Virginia has requirements for many proposed development projects that allow county transportation experts to measure key indicators such as parking occupancy, vehicles moving in and out of garages, and commute mode choice of residents. Individually, these studies can be used by these experts to compare reality against the projections used in the traffic-impact… Read more »

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A Call for Traffic Data to Improve Our Transportation Systems

One of the most important resources for determining the transportation impacts of new land development is the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Trip Generation Manual. When a new neighborhood, shopping mall, or office complex is proposed, transportation engineers conduct a study that forecasts “trip generation” – or how much traffic will come in and out… Read more »